Mon, Aug 6, 1:30pm by Staff Writer
Tottenham Hotspur have been crowned winners of the 2018 International Champions Cup after finishing atop the 18-team standings ahead of Borussia Dortmund.
Spurs managed two wins, a penalty shootout loss and a goal difference of four to narrowly beat Borussia Dortmund to the accolade ahead of the upcoming European domestic and continental seasons commencing.
Of the six English sides competing, four finished inside the top six in the standings, with Arsenal and Liverpool both finishing just a point behind Spurs and Dortmund.
The 2018 International Champions Cup consisted of 24 matches in 23 host cities. Most matches took place in the United States, with fixtures also in Singapore and European cities.
Despite their poor pre-season form where they have managed only a narrow 3-2 win against Bayern Munich, reigning English Premier League champions Manchester City are the overwhelming favourite to win the English title again.
City is $1.62 at Sportsbet to win their second title in as many seasons under Pep Guardiola.
Liverpool has spent big in the transfer market and are $5 to win their first Premier League title. After a surprising run to the Champions League final, the Reds are serious contenders to usurp City and re-signed the reigning Premier League player of the year Mo Salah to a long-term deal.
Manchester United finished the 2017-18 season in second spot on the table, but were 18 points adrift of their nearest rivals.
United is $8.50 to win the title, which would be their first under coach Jose Mourinho. A torrid pre-season where many of United’s top players were unavailable has placed slight pressure on Mourinho to perform this season, given his reputation.
Chelsea ($13), Tottenham ($17) and Arsenal ($26) are the final three of the ‘big six’ in contention for the title.
Chelsea and Arsenal both welcome new coaches to their clubs, with all three sides taking part in European football this season. A deep run in these competitions or an FA Cup would be a successful season for them given their current squads.
Newly promoted Wolverhampton Wolves are making waves in the Premier League already, signing Portuguese international Joao Moutinho. They are $251 to win the Premier League, but there is a bit of value about them to finish top four at $41 given their tendency to spend big on their roster in recent months.
Manchester City are $6.50 favourites to win their first Champions League title after Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid in the off-season.
His new club Juventus are now $7 to win the pinnacle of European football, with Barcelona priced at $7.50.
Reigning French Ligue One champions PSG are paying $8.50 at Sportsbet, with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid both paying $9.
2017-18 finalists Liverpool are priced at $13, with fellow Premier League teams Manchester United ($17) and Tottenham ($26) all priced within the top ten in the market.
In the Europa League it is Chelsea ($8) and Arsenal ($10) that top the betting, followed by Italian clubs AC Milan ($17) and Lazio ($17).
Five-time Europa League champions Sevilla are also priced at $17, having won the competition in three consecutive years in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The third-placed team in each of the Champions League pools moves into the Europa League round of 32, which makes predicting a winner in this league tricky.
Sevilla are certainly a value bet, while Chelsea and Arsenal are logical early favourites.
Best bet- Juventus to win Champions League at $7
Value bet- Sevilla to win Europa League at $17
Manchester City $1.62
Manchester United $8.50
Manchester City $6.50
Bayern Munich $9
Real Madrid $9
Atletico Madrid $15
Manchester United $17
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